2014 Casavant at Maison Symphonique, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2014 Casavant at Maison Symphonique, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Casavant Frères

From the Canadian International Organ Competition #2140

. . . highlights from the 2017 event, recorded at Notre-Dame Basilica and the Maison Symphonique in Montreal.

Hour One

FELIX MENDELSSOHNOverture to St. PaulOLIVIER MESSIAENSortie, fr Messe de la PentecoteNicholas Capozzolli (3rd Prize)

CHARLES-MARIE WIDORAllegro vivace (i.), fr Symphony No. 5, Op. 42, no. 1Oliver Brett (2nd Prize)

ALCEE CHRISS III:  Rhapsody after Art TatumEDWARD ELGARAndante espressivo (iii.), fr Organ Sonata, Op. 78RICHARD WAGNER (arr. Lemare/Chriss):  Ride of the Valkyries, fr Die WalküreAlcee Chriss (1st Prize)

Filler – MESSIAEN:  Communion (see above)

Performances in this hour were recorded during the 2017 post-competition gala concert, featuring the Casavant organ in Montreal’s Maison Symphonique (r. 10/21/17)


Hour Two

J. S. BACHFantasy in g, BWV 542Yuan Shen (2012 Casavant/Kennedy Center, Washington, DC) Raven 141 (Audience Prize)

JEANNE DEMESSIEUXEtude in SixthsSERGEI RACHMANINOFF (trans. Chriss):  Non-Allegro (i.), fr Symphonic Dances, Op. 45.  ALCEE CHRISS III:  Homamage a Jean Guillou –Alcee Chriss (Maison Symphonique) ATMA 2782

MARCEL DUPRÉPreludio, fr Symphony No. 2. Op. 26MAURICE DURUFLÉToccata, fr Suite, Op. 5Alcee Chriss (1891 Casavant/Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal) (r. 10/20/17)

Filler – WAGNER (see above)

Featured performers were the top prize-winners of the Canadian International Organ Competition in 2017.  Following a COVID-necessitated pause, the CIOC in 2021 is back on track with events in and around Montreal… two semi-final rounds at Immaculée Conception Church (October 14-15) and Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church (October 18-19), the finals at the Maison Symphonique (October 22), a gala concert at Saints-Anges Church in Lachine (October 24), and multiple concerts or master-classes by jury members throughout the festival week:  Martin Baker (10/13), William Porter and Louis Robilliard (10/16), Dong-Ill Shin (10/17), Helga Schauerte-Maubouet (10/20), Rachel Laurin (10/23) and Bernard Foccroulle (10/24).

This broadcast is dedicated to the memory of Noël Spinelli (1927-2020), dynamic and generous entrepreneur and enthusiastic supporter of the CIOC.

Alcee Chriss
Alcee Chriss III, playing the on-stage console of the Casavant organ in Montreal’s Maison Symphonique.
Publicity photo

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